Mr. Ruiz oversees the Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble. Originally from San Antonio, attended Douglas MacArthur High School and earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. During his time at Texas State, Mr. Ruiz performed in multiple marching, concert, and jazz ensembles. He also served as Drum Major of the Bobcat Marching Band in 2004. After marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003, 2004, and 2006, he served as a member of the Brass Staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps since 2011. Mr. Ruiz's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Director of Percussion
Mr. Bean is a product of NEISD, where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. In 2016, Mr. Bean graduated from Texas State University where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Studies.
During his time at Texas State, Colton was actively involved in the Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and the Symphony Orchestra. Outside of Texas State, Colton participated in Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International from 2012-2015. His Drum Corps experience includes marching for the 2012 Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps, the 2013 Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps, and the 2014 and 2015 Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
From 2014 -2017, Mr. Bean worked with the Winston Churchill High School percussion ensemble and was a private lesson instructor for Churchill and its feeder schools, Bradley, Eisenhower, and Jackson. For the 2017-2018 school year Colton was the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director for John Marshall Harlan High School in Northside ISD in San Antonio, TX.
Mr. Espinoza is a native of San Antonio, where he graduated from Highlands High School. While at Highlands, Mr. Espinoza served as Drum Major and was the first All-State musician to come out of Highlands. Mr. Espinoza earned his bachelors in Music Education from Texas State University in 2016. In his time at Texas State, Mr. Espinoza was very involved with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Clarinet Choir where he served as Principal Clarinet for these ensembles throughout multiple semesters. Mr. Espinoza’s performance abilities extend into percussion as well, as he held the position of Section Leader for the Front Ensemble of the Bobcat Marching Band in 2015. In the Spring of 2016, Mr. Espinoza student taught with the Winston Churchill High School Band under the guidance of Mr. Tony Ruiz. Upon graduation, Mr. Espinoza received the distinguished honor of Outstanding Student in Instrumental Music Education from Texas State University.
Mr. Espinoza’s teaching credentials include having taught multiple woodwind masterclasses in Northside ISD, San Antonio ISD, and North East ISD. He has also served as a marching technician at Burbank High School for the 2014 and 2015 season, and has judged multiple Drum Major auditions in San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD, and Harlandale ISD.
Mr. Espinoza started his career at John Jay High School in Northside ISD, where he was in charge of both woodwind and percussion sections. During his two years at John Jay High School Mr. Espinoza also preformed with Fiesta Flutes. Mr. Espinoza’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Associaton.
Color Guard Director
Originally from Crestwood, KY, Kim began participating in color guard in high school. While attending college at Northern Kentucky University and earning her degree in Elementary Education, she began teaching various color guard programs in Ohio and Kentucky. For 15 years, Kim participated with the Onyx Winter Guard organization from Dayton, Ohio either as a marching member or a staff member. She also spent 5 summers as a staff member with Cincinnati Glory and Marion Glory Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, Kim has served as a color guard adjudicator for various marching band and winter guard events along with participating in MEPA, Tri-State, and OIPA color guard circuits in various capacities. She continues to serve as a color guard clinician, choreographer, and consultant.
Kim moved to San Antonio in 2008 where she was the Color Guard Director at Judson High School for 9 years. Judson was named a WGI World Championships SA Finalist in 2013 and 2016 and has had multiple units achieve top 3 honors at TCGC championships over the years. In 2012, the Judson HS JV Guard was named TCGC SRA State champion and in 2013 the Judson HS B Guard was named TCGC Novice class state champion. She also spent 7 years as a staff member with Identity Winter Guard, the 2013 WGI IO World Champion from San Marcos, Texas. Kim is currently serving as the Vice President of Color Guard for the Texas Color Guard Circuit and has been a past Color Guard Task Force member serving on many different committees for the circuit. In April of 2017, Kim became the Color Guard Director at Winston Churchill HS in San Antonio, TX.